Tag Archives: Cllr Frances Nicholson

‘Top Ten’ qualities to foster

To kick off Somerset Fostering Week (23-29 January 2017) Somerset County Council and ‘Sparky’ the dragon are sharing the ‘Top Ten’ qualities people need to foster. In the first countywide awareness raising week of its kind, the County Council is urging people to consider if they have the right qualities to start a new and […]

Improved road safety and a safe route to school

A safe walking and cycling route between North Petherton and Bridgwater is now available after major highways works. A new footpath and cycleway and signals at the Huntworth Roundabout have been installed in response to concerns about pedestrian safety. The works finished in December 2016 and a formal route assessment has now found the route […]

Academy sponsor confirmed for Bridgwater’s new Primary School

The academy sponsor for the new Northgate Primary School in Bridgwater has been announced. The Department for Education has confirmed that Clevedon Learning Trust, which already runs three schools, will open and run the new Northgate Primary School. This exciting news comes following a bolt tightening celebration at the school earlier this month to mark […]

The Seven Steps to Making a Difference

It’s one of the biggest questions asked by people coming forward to Foster for Somerset County Council: ‘What I have to do to be a Foster Carer’? There are Seven Steps every prospective Foster Carer has to take, to approval and beyond. Recently-approved Foster Carers, Zoe and Ian Tofield from Glastonbury, are sharing their experience […]

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Funding for West Somerset to boost opportunities for children and young people

Somerset County Council has secured a share of £60 million of funding from government to help local children in West Somerset get the best start in life. West Somerset is one of six areas in the country to have access to the funding to address the biggest challenges they face, including social mobility and educational […]

Finding solutions together to save West Somerset buses

Somerset County Council congratulates the local communities of Porlock, Selworthy and Minehead on their initiative and determination to keep local bus services running. The ground breaking plans, the first of its kind in Somerset, have been pursued by the local parish and town councils in partnership with the Buses of Somerset and the County Council […]

Thank you for showing some heart!

Public figures, sports people, musicians, groups, organisations and Somerset County Council staff all showed their hearts to support adoption in Somerset to mark National Adoption Week (17-23 October). Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Thank you to everyone who got involved and supported adoption in Somerset last week. The response has […]

VIDEO: Kingfisher kids’ school bus is just the ticket

From shiny golden bus tickets to lively songs and games, the first pupils at a brand-new Yeovil school have been thoroughly enjoying the ride. Kingfisher Primary School opened with a reception class of 27 pupils this September. It is being hosted on the Huish Primary School site until the new Kingfisher building is ready to […]

Show some heart for National Adoption Week!

Adoption in Somerset is calling people across the county to support adopted children this National Adoption Week (17-23 October) by wearing a heart on Friday 21 October. Somerset County Council is highlighting the growing need for adopters by encouraging people to photograph themselves wearing a heart to show their support for adoption. People can then […]

Somerset superstars honoured at national Nursery World Awards

Two Somerset early years superstars have been honoured at this year’s Nursery World Awards. Rachel Parish, a nursery manager, and Rebecca Lihou, a childminder, were both nominated for the prestigious awards by the Early Years Team at Somerset County Council for their dedication to the children and the families they work with. After being shortlisted […]